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What am I thinking right now....?

Just about met my maker yesterday! Well, it wasn't quite that serious but it was close. I pulled up to the intersection of S. Dorcas and E. Charles to find blinking red lights. Through traffic on E. Charles had yellow flashing lights and so we all waited our turns to make our move. I watched the opposing traffic timing their movements and all the while thru traffic kept breezing by. There is an art to timing one's intention when driving. I look at an upcoming gap in traffic flow and check all other drivers and then decide to act. The problem in my logic is I cannot know the intentions of other drivers. What often happens is we all set and look at one another or all try to go at once. Mindreading is not an art!

14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they

are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15

The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s

judgment: 16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the

mind of Christ. (1Corinthians 2:14-16, NIV)

Traveling with God will often bring us to busy intersections of life and we must stop to discern our next move. We wait. We fume. We judge the risks of darting across traffic. We struggle. Eventually, something gives and we either move on or stay fixed in our place of turmoil. Knowing what God desires for us seems unobtainable. The scripture from 1 Corinthians seems to imply having the mind of Christ is super easy to gain and super duper difficult to exercise.

In the Gospels, Jesus told his disciples of his willingness to serve and not be served. At the point of this particular conversation, the disciples lacked one important thing. They had not received the Holy Spirit and so their understanding of Jesus' words were a busy intersection to them. Later at Pentecost, the disciples received the Spirit and understood for the first time of what it meant to be like Christ.

The busy intersection yesterday was navigated when cross traffic subsided and appropriate hand gestures were offered to other drivers to proceed. Amazing how smoothly things go when one places another person's movements and importance ahead of their own. Oh, and I arrived home safely as a result. Happy travels today!

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